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When Arthritis Strikes, Keep Moving

When Arthritis Strikes, Keep MovingMONDAY, May 29, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Your achy joints may suggest that you take it easy. Don’t listen to them, experts say.If it hurts when you get up from a chair or climb stairs, you might have osteoarthritis. If so, it’s best to keep moving.“While the pain from osteoarthritis worsens with activity and improves with rest, exercise is still the most cost-effective treatment for it,” said Dr. Kathryn Dao, an associate professor of internal medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. “Studies have shown exercise can build cartilage, strengthen muscles, and improve joint function and bone mass. Patients who exercise also have better balance and a lower risk of falling,” Dao, a rheumatology specialist, said in a medical center news release. This type of arthritis...

Exercise Might Boost Your Tolerance for Pain

25 May 2023
Exercise Might Boost Your Tolerance for PainTHURSDAY, May 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- One potential solution to reducing chronic pain: Get moving.A new Norwegian study finds that physically active folks have greater pain tolerance compared to sedentary types. Those with higher levels of activity also had higher pain tolerance, according to the report published online May 24 in PLOS ONE.“Becoming or staying physically active over time can benefit your pain tolerance. Whatever you do, the most important thing is that you do something,” study author Anders Årnes, a PhD student at University Hospital of North Norway, and colleagues said in a journal news release.For the study, the investigators analyzed data from more than 10,000 adults who participated in a large population survey conducted periodically in Norway.Using data...

Nowhere Safe to Play: 'Play Deserts' Keep Kids from Fun...

24 May 2023
Nowhere Safe to Play: `Play Deserts` Keep Kids from Fun Physical ActivityWEDNESDAY, May 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The problem of "food deserts" in many parts of the United States has gained attention in recent years. Now, researchers are highlighting a similar issue: play deserts.In a recent study, investigators at the University of Georgia found that in many areas of the country -- particularly the South -- families have few safe, free parks and playgrounds for their kids to enjoy.That's a problem, experts said, because when kids lack those opportunities, they're more likely to stay inside and stare at screens.It's well known that there are communities nationwide where people have a hard time getting to a grocery store or any other source of fresh, nutritious food. Those places have been dubbed food deserts, and an estimated 10% of the United States...

Why Taking Your Kids to the Park Is Always a Healthy Idea

20 May 2023
Why Taking Your Kids to the Park Is Always a Healthy IdeaSATURDAY, May 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Need an activity to do with your kids on spring and summer days? Go to the park.Outdoor play is good for physical health, mental well-being and reduced stress in children, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).“Whether it’s sunny or snowing, playing outside is good for children, physically and mentally,” said pediatrician Dr. Monique Jonae Soileau-Burke, president of AAP's Maryland chapter. “Scientific evidence tells us that playing outdoors can improve health, and children love it," she said in an academy news release. "On Kids to Parks Day [May 20], we encourage families to make plans to get their children out into nature for summer fun and well-being. Consider visiting a national, state or local park.”People who...

New 'National Sports Brain Bank' Will Boost Head Injury Research

19 May 2023
New `National Sports Brain Bank` Will Boost Head Injury ResearchFRIDAY, May 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A new brain bank is accepting future donations from living athletes, in an effort to perform long-term research into the effects of sports-related concussion.The National Sports Brain Bank (NSBB) at the University of Pittsburgh will track the health of living participants on an annual basis, and will autopsy their donated brains after their death.“We want to follow prospective donors longitudinally while they're still alive and get information from them about their sports participation, trauma, history, other medical history, any symptoms they may experience,” said NSBB Director Dr. Julia Kofler.“We can then correlate their clinical information with what we see down the road under the microscope, at the time of autopsy,” she said.Two...

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